2016 NHL Draft

C Aapeli Räsänen

Tappara U20 (Liiga Jrs)

Steve Kournianos  |  06/18/2016 |  New York  |  

Photo courtesy of Pasi Menander

Profile

Position: Center
Shoots: Right
Height/Weight: 6’0, 196 lbs
Born: June 1st, 1998, Tampere, Finland

The Draft Analyst Ranking:

DEC JAN FEB MAR APR JUN
55 56 53 52 47 47

Regular Season

Season Club GP G A PTS PPG Plus/Minus
2014-15 Tappara U20 (Liiga Jrs) 41 5 7 12 0.29 -5
2015-16 Tappara U20 (Liiga Jrs) 50 19 19 38 0.76 +17

Playoffs

Season Club GP G A PTS PPG Plus/Minus
2015-16 Tappara U20 (Liiga Jrs) 3 1 0 1 0.33 -1

Scouting Report

All signs point towards this special teams dynamo becoming one of the better two-way players this draft produces. Not only does he do it all on the ice — playmaking, speed, escapability, tenacity, versatility — but he’s a student of the game who spends time honing his craft away from the rink. Rasanen clubbed the international circuit to a tune of almost a point per game, and he’s close to 200 pounds before turning 18 in June. He won’t disappoint teams in search of skill players, but the fact that he forechecks and backchecks better than most of his draft peers makes him even more desirable. In a draft thin on two-way types with a strong understanding of both sides of the red line, there’s a strong possibility Rasanen gets gobbled up earlier than anticipated. He’s strong at the dot and can be leaned on for tough checking assignments, yet he has a hunter’s mindset in that he is always looking to make opponents pay for the slightest mistake. Rasanen is a very good skater with a variety of moves to get inside the offensive zone, and he immediately identifies multiple pass options and greets them with a clean, crisp set-up. Rasanen has excellent work habits and should be groomed for positions of significant responsibility.